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Kobo Glo review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £100
inc VAT

A great hi-resolution screen, excellent store and built-in light make this an excellent eReader, but the Kindle Paperwhite is better



Kobo Glo Micro SD card slot A Micro SD card slot lets you expand the eReader’s storage, should the 2GB onboard prove to be too small

As seems the norm for eReaders, the Kobo Glo has 2GB of RAM, although there’s a Micro SD card slot, which will take up to 32GB cards. Given that you should be able to fit around 1,000 books into the standard memory, you probably won’t need to add a memory card, but it’s still a nice option just in case.


There’s no 3G version of the Kobo Glo, but it does have built-in 802.11n wireless. For most people Wi-Fi is good enough, as you can load your eReader with books before you go away or simply use a hotspot if you’re away and need a new book.


Kobo Glo rear We like the quilted back, and the Glo feels well made and comfortable to hold

Build quality is excellent. We like the soft-touch quilted back and the plastic case feels tough and well-built. At 185g it’s 28g lighter than the Wi-Fi only Kindle Paperwhite, although it’s 0.9mm thicker. In truth there’s not much in it and both devices are comfortable and easy to carry around everywhere.


We really like the Kobo Glo. It’s fast, easy to use and the shop and apps gives you a similar experience to Amazon, but there’s the added benefit that you can buy your eBooks from anywhere. That said, we prefer the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, as its light is more even and helps boost contrast. We’re also happy with the Amazon store, which is still the best stocked, and don’t mind not being able to buy books from other places. However, if you want freedom to buy books from where you want, the Kobo Glo is an excellent alternative and well-priced. It wins a Best Buy award.

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Viewable size6.0in
Native resolution1,024×768
Touchscreen y/nyes
Memory card supportMicro SD
Battery and charge optionsLi-ion, USB
Wireless networking support802.11n

Format Support

eReader TXT supportyes
eReader HTML supportyes
eReader RTF supportyes
eReader PDF supportyes
eReader ePub supportyes
eReader MOBI supportyes
eReader Amazon AZW supportno
eReader Microsoft Word supportyes
Audio MP3 playbackNo
Audio WMA playbackNo
Audio WMA-DRM playbackNo
Audio AAC playbackNo
Audio Protected AAC playbackNo
Audio OGG playbackNo
Audio WAV playbackNo
Audio Audible playbackNo
Image BMP supportYes
Image JPEG supportYes
Image TIFF supportYes

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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